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GIVE THEM FOOD...and other ways to cope with life

Nov. 4, 2009 7:36 pm 
Updated: Nov. 6, 2009 9:40 am
Why do those words strike fear into the hearts of many?  It's getting to be the holiday season and I am always on the look out for interesting appetizers to bring to events.  When I was up in Canada, I bought a copy of  "Canadian Living" , a magazine that was a favorite when I lived there.  Here is one of the appetizers that would be easy to bring along
You can make the cups the day before.  You can also carry the cups and filling separately and then fill and bake on location.



  1. 1
    Remove crusts from bread; reserve for another use.
  2. 2
    With rolling pin, lightly roll slices to flatten.
  3. 3
    Press into lightly buttered muffin cups to form cups with 4 points.
  4. 4
    Brush lightly and sparingly with melted butter.
  5. 5
    Bake in 375f degree oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until light golden.
  6. 6
    (Toasted cups can be made ahead and stored in plastic bags in refriferator for up to 4 days. Return them to muffin cups before filling and baking.) In skillet, heat remaining butter over medium heat; cook onion and garlic (if using), stirring occasionally.
  7. 7
    Add mushrooms and sausage; cook,stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink.
  8. 8
    Add flour, salt, thyme, marjoram and pepper.
  9. 9
    Stir until flour is blended with drippings.
  10. 10
    Add cream and lemon juice; cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes or until mixture thickens.
  11. 11
    Taste and add more salt, thyme or marjoram, if necessary.
  12. 12
    Spoon sausage mixture into toasted cups and sprinkle with Parmesan.
  13. 13
    Bake in 375f degree oven for 5 to7 minutes or until heated through.

this one is always a big hit and it's a bit unusual


These can be served on a serving plate with the dipping sauce on the side and toothpicks in the balls

3 Tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup finely diced onion
2 cloves garlic minced (2 tsp)
2  1/2  tsp chopped fresh sage-it's important to use fresh here
3/4 cup canned pumpkin...pure not the pie filling
3/4 cups plain fine breadcrumbs
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
16 whole sage leaves (optional for garnish)

1.  preheat oven to 375 degrees , spray a baking sheet well
2.  heat canola oil to med high and add onions to cook 10 minutes
3.  add garlic and sage and cook 2 minutes and remove from heat
4.  in a bowl combine the pumpkin ,crumbs,S&P with onion mixture and form into 1 1/2 inch balls
5.  put on baking sheet and bake 15 min

Dipping sauce:
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 stsp sugar
1 Tbsp white balsamic can use dark balsamic but your dipping sauce will be tanned color

Garnish ((optional)
Heat a little oil in pan and add 16 sage leaves in a single layer for 20-30 seconds...crumble these when crispy, over the balls on the serving plate

Nov. 4, 2009 7:59 pm
I love when i'm told to bring an appetizer lol
Nov. 4, 2009 9:40 pm
They both sound great. Thanks for sharing.
Nov. 5, 2009 2:19 am
I'll have to try that pumpkin one...
Nov. 5, 2009 4:29 am
Yum, thanks for the mushroom cap recipe, we love the stuff.
Nov. 5, 2009 7:33 pm
Coco, I just got your message about my creme anglaise. Thank You soo much! It was my first time making it and I was really trying not to mess it up. Too bad for me, I can practice some more!
Nov. 5, 2009 7:37 pm
Sorry, pushed post before I was done:). Your appies sound delicious. They will be the hit of the holiday season! Thanks for sharing:)
Nov. 6, 2009 5:56 am
I made something similar to those mushroom cups, only minus the mushrooms and using won-ton wrappers to make the cups. Came out delicious, and my hubby ate the whole first tray that came out of the oven. Apparently, the easiest way to awe your family is to serve hand-made appetiziers JUST LIKE the catered ones they had at a wedding the week before. Most appetizers are somewhat easy to make and look amazing - I can't wait until someone asks me to bring them!
Nov. 6, 2009 8:24 am
The pumpkin app looks amazing. I'm totally trying it this Thanksgiving. Thanks!
Nov. 6, 2009 9:21 am
Think I'll pass on the pumpkin balls, but the Sausage and Mushroom Cups sound lucious. Use the bread crusts in my dressing recipe!
Nov. 6, 2009 9:36 am problem, hope it turn next time. swchef..unless you really hate pumpkin in any must try these..i thought they sounded strange but they are delicious,esp with the I dare ya!
Nov. 6, 2009 9:38 am
Lilith..wonton wrappers sound great...i think you could also try some puff pastry or phyllo ..yum!
Nov. 6, 2009 9:40 am problem, hope it turn next time. swchef..unless you really hate pumpkin in any must try these..i thought they sounded strange but they are delicious,esp with the I dare ya!
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